Country Life 1 November 2023

Country Life 1 November 2023 includes our annual Gents Life supplement, finds out how to keep an old house warm, and meets the great architect Norman Foster.

Here’s a look at what you’ll find inside:

The best of winter

  • Patrick Galbraith’s ode to the subtle beauty of a British winter
  • The comforts of flavoursome slow cooking with Tom Parker Bowles
  • The 10 best ways to keep a period property warm from eighth-generation builder Tim Moulding
  • Amelia Thorpe shares stoves, range cookers and fireplaces to warm the cockles
  • Emma Love celebrates the magic of winter at home and abroad
  • It is a case of ‘softly, softly’ for Hetty Lintell as she keeps warm with some luxurious knitwear

London Life

  • Emma Love welcomes the rural delights of Durslade Farm to the heart of Mayfair
  • The secret garden in Regent’s Park, seasonal suggestions and Matthew Williamson’s London
  • Carla Passino meets Norman Foster, the architect who helped shape the capital
  • Robert Crossan visits the historic American bars that offer a taste of the US on this side of the pond

Recommended videos for you

Nick Trend’s favourite painting

The art historian picks a steely-eyed painting that signalled the invention of the self-portrait

At Canaan’s Edge

Carla Carlisle ponders the story of the Promised Land and hopes that common sense prevails

A local revival

The future is bright for Lytham Hall after locals stepped in to save the house at the heart of the Lancashire estate, as John Martin Robinson discovers

A nightingale sang…

Tiffany Daneff visits a garden in Kent planted for wildlife and surrounded by new woodland

Native breeds

Kate Green admires the hardy Lincoln Red, a low-input rare breed that produces quality beef

Stranger things

From horn dancing to burning barrels and cheese rolling, Harry Pearson delves into weird and wonderful British folk festivals

You’re a dark horse

The black horse is a symbol of strength and courage. Celia Brayfield gallops through the history of the fabled steed

Kitchen garden cook

Melanie Johnson savours the turnip’s sweet and nutty flavour, perfect with scallops


  • Jo Rodgers follows in the foot-steps of the Durrells in Corfu
  • Welcoming, home-from-home villas
  • Pamela Goodman pedals off the beaten cycle path

Speak like a Georgian

Know your ‘fubbs’ from your ‘fizzle’ — Matthew Dennison investigates 18th-century slang

And much more